INDIA, UNKNOWN KINGDOM IN SIND OR PUNJAB, Silver unit Three Dot type

Ancient Coins - INDIA, UNKNOWN KINGDOM IN SIND OR PUNJAB, Silver unit "Three Dot" type
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Obverse Three dots representing the fire of a fire altar, altar below, Brahmi legend: sri above, ga or ta left and pra or pta right. (See illustration below for a drawing of the full design, which can be pieced together from multiple specimens.)
Reverse Blank (portrait right obliterated)
Date c. 7th or 8th century CE
Weight 0.75 gm.
Diameter 12-13 mm.
Die axis n.a.
Reference MAC 4905
Comments
This coin belongs to a series that has still not been properly attributed. L.C. Gupta and S.J. Mangalam (Silver Coins of Sri Gupta) attributed it to the founder of the Gupta dynasty. They based this on their reading sri gupta on the coins and the fact that some of these coins were apparently found in Bihar. However, other examples have been found in Punjab, and the coins have no relationship to any coins from Magadha in the 3rd century.
 
Mitchiner assigns the coins to a "Gupta succession state north of Malwa." However, the coins are most closely related to the very similar Hunnic coins of Sind or Multan in the name of Yashaditya and Prachandendra, and the earliest coins of the Amirs of Sind, which look essentially like these coins, but with the addition of an Arabic legend below the altar.
 
It is quite possible that these coins were issued by the Rais of Alor, the rulers of Sind at the time of the Islamic invasions.
Ancient Coins - INDIA, UNKNOWN KINGDOM IN SIND OR PUNJAB, Silver unit
Preis SKU: mh33.08
US$ 12.00
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